"Here were blood, lust, love, passion. Here were warmth, enchantment, laughter, music. It was Anodyne. It was Lethe. It was Escape. It was Theatre."
..."It was Theatre." Page 104, Show Boat, Edna Ferber
Sliding - Boston Theatre Marathon - Saturday, May 12, 2013. Boston Playwrights Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.
Produced by Wheelock Family Theatre. Directed by Shelley Bolman
Commissioned by Three Tattoos, New York, NY
Family. In an ideal world family brings happiness in loving, caring, connected warmth. Misfortunes, we hope, only strengthen that bond. But as the economy spirals downward, as estranged father and daughter face hard times separately. Will the downturn in the economy force them to face their own relationship?
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Broken Wings in St. Maurice - New Urban Theatre Laboratory's 5 & Dime - Sunday, May 19, 2013. Marran Theatre, Lesley University, 34 Mellen Street, Cambridge, MA
Directed by Akiba Abaka
Trey was always Maggie’s hero but that was before the home they loved as children truly became the city that care forgot. As Maggie longs for a safe cocoon, Trey struggles to find a haven for them both. On this Fat Tuesday evening, as the setting sun turns everything a dusky grey, memory and truth collide on broken wings, and “safe” may be a fragile connection. Click Here for Information.
"The Best American Short Plays 2011-2012" - edited by William W. Demastes.
Featuring Charlene's play Gift of an Orange (see below for reviews and accolades). Available now for pre-order on Amazon.
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The Quadroon and the Dove - University of Memphis - Paul Revaz, Director. Memphis, TN. Click Here for Information
White Bra with a Pink Bow - SWAN Boston - Jackie Davis, Director. Boston Playwrights Theatre, MA. Click Here for Information
"The Best American Short Plays 2009-2010" - edited by Barbara Parisi.
Featuring Charlene's Award winning play Who You Got to Believe.
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In The News:
MEMPHIS - THE DAILY HELMSMAN: "Love: New Orleans Style" by Melissa Wray. The Quadroon and the Dove give audiences not only "...a close-up look at not only the lengths people will go to attain their heart’s desire, but the obsessions that drive them there..." Click Here to Read
STAGEBUZZ Review by Byrne Harrison of Gift of an Orange produced by New Urban Theatre Laboratory of Boston, MA at the 2012 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. "It's amusing to me that my favorite play in the Tennessee Williams Festival wasn't written by Tennessee Williams. 'Gift of an Orange,' Charlene A. Donaghy's play inspired by William' short story 'Gift of an Apple,' both captures the spirit of Williams' work and brings something new and wonderful to life.". Click Here to Read
WICKED LOCAL: "Williams Festival in Provincetown ends with a sizzle like a hot kiss" by Sue Harrison.
On Gift of an Orange "In a good play nothing goes the way you think it will, and all you can hope for is to be spellbound for however long the action continues and to walk out unsure of what you are feeling but knowing you are feeling something. This play delivers on all counts." Click Here for Information
EDGE BOSTON: "7th annual Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival by Bob Israel. "'Gift of an Orange," written by Charlene A. Donaghy, pays homage to Williams in the setting and tone" Click Here to Read
Litchfield County Times - Force of Nature at the Warner by Jack Coraggio - Click Here for Information
The Register Citizen - Playwright beats the odds, in so many ways by Jean Sands - Click Here for Information